Playa Palo Seco

This is the beach on the central coast, located about a 45-minute drive west of Quepos and about a 3-hour drive from San José.

Playa Palo Seco Best Things to Do

Rafting on the Savegre River, Costa Rica
Rafting on the Savegre RiverManuel Antonio

The Savegre River, one of the most pristine rivers in the country and surrounded by lush vegetation and meandering waters, features class II and III rapids that are perfect for beginner rafters.

18 km away
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Rafting
Manuel Antonio Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Sea Kayaking and SnorkelingManuel Antonio

You’ll start paddling on the south side of Quepos Port, and head toward Playa Biesanz. Manuel Antonio has an incredibly scenic coastline with dramatic, rocky cliffs.

18 km away
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Kayaking
Snorkeling
0 - Playa Palo Seco, Costa Rica
1 - Playa Palo Seco, Costa Rica
2 - Playa Palo Seco, Costa Rica

Area Guide

This beach stretches 5.5 miles (9 km). It’s an unspoiled beach that attracts fewer visitors, hidden from the nearby Highway 34 with a thick barrier of tropical vegetation. Waves break right over the sandy beach, and they’re generally best for surfing on the southern end. Besides surfing, this is a lovely place to swim and have the beach to yourself.